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The Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California started on Monday, December 4, 2017 and exploded to 31 000 acres (12 545 ha) overnight, claiming the life of at least one person and burning at least 150 structures. The fire has so far forced evacuations of 27 000 people, caused massive power outages and is 0% contained early Tuesday morning, according to Ventura County fire officials.
As of 01:50 local time Tuesday, a total of 7 786 homes in the county are under mandatory evacuation and 27 000 people were evacuated, fire officials said.
At least one person was killed in a car crash as he was trying to flee from the rapidly spreading blaze. One firefighter was injured.
The fire has so far burned 150 structures, including Vista del Mar Hospital which was razed to the ground. All patients were evacuated.
Chief Lorenzen and Sheriff Dean updating the Media on the most up-to-date information on the #ThomasFire moving into the Ventura area. pic.twitter.com/zfBpVD8OzH
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) December 5, 2017
BREAKING: The #ThomasFire has now burned 31,000 acres in Ventura County. 7,786 homes are under mandatory evacuation. 27,000 people have evacuated. Updates on AMHQ. pic.twitter.com/e1I9S8HWqg
— AMHQ (@AMHQ) December 5, 2017
The fire is moving very quickly with the wind. #ThomasFire pic.twitter.com/PyiORCewEi
— Marcus Yam (@yamphoto) December 5, 2017
#ThomasFire from south mountain rd pic.twitter.com/flNVbJ5ow2
— Naomi Pitcairn (@NaomiPitcairn) December 5, 2017
All schools in Santa Paula were canceled Tuesday, as well as classes at the college. An evacuation shelter was set up at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Nordhoff High School in Ojai.
More than 180 000 customers were left without power in Ventura County and 83 000 in Santa Barbara. Southern California Edison spokeswoman Susan Cox said late Monday that the Thomas Fire had affected transmission line in the area and added that she can’t estimate when the service might be restored.
Featured image credit: Ventura County Fire Department